Integrate IFC (Industry Foundation Class) Using FME

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How FME Can Improve Your IFC Workflows

Facilitate Collaborative Work Across Industries

Unlock IFC data for use in practically any application or move data from any source into its standard exchange format. Enable professionals to work in their desired BIM software environments by loading IFC data into applications like Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino BIM, SketchUp BIM, or popular Nemetschek Group software like ARCHICAD BIM and Vectorworks.

Whether it is construction, design, or any other phase in a building life cycle or handover, facilitate collaborative work across industries through FME data conversion.

Demo: How to Convert AutoCAD to IFC

A floorplan in AutoCAD DWG

The original AutoCAD 2D floor plan.

IFC output in the FME Inspector

The IFC model displayed in the FME Data Inspector after FME translation from DWG format.

IFC Riverside building

Integrate External Data Like GIS or CAD

Enrich your models by integrating external or non-BIM data such as GIS or CAD, through feature merging transformers, or converting IFC models into other geospatial formats. Update attributes such as construction schedules on the building model through Microsoft Excel and reintegrate it into your BIM model.

Example: Updating IFC with Excel

Extract Only the Data That You Need

Reduce your processing and rendering time when working with BIM by extracting only the features that you need to work with, or converting it to relevant formats for simpler project handovers or collaborations. For example, you can convert IFC data into CityGML at a lower level of detail.

Tutorial: IFC to CityGML

IFC to CityGML workspace

What is FME?

FME is data conversion technology that reads and writes IFC in addition to over 350 additional formats across many data types including BIM, GIS, CAD, business intelligence and databases. Accessed through an intuitive graphical user interface, workflows are constructed easily with point and click tools, with no coding required.

About IFC (Industry Foundation Class)

IFC is an open file format used to describe building and construction industry data that was developed to facilitate interoperability in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. It is commonly used as a collaboration or exchange format in BIM based projects to move 3D geometry and attribute data from one work environment to another.


The table below outlines how IFC (Industry Foundation Class) is supported by our different FME products, and on which platform(s) the reader and/or writer runs.

Product OS
FME Form FME Flow FME Flow Hosted Windows 64-bit Linux Mac
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